Dr. W.J. Lavelle was named the 2013 Ohio Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year
Dr. W.J. Lavelle was named the 2013 Ohio Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The Lavelle family’s Stonewall Farm in Athens County has been certified by the American Tree Farm System as meeting their standards for woodland stewardship. This designation shows that as a Certified Family Forest, significant effort has been made to provide a renewable resource in a sustainable manner while maintaining a healthy forest that protects water, wildlife and recreational values.
Dr. Lavelle is the key link in a chain connecting six generations to the Athens County property. Forestry practices that improve the health and productivity of the family’s woodlands include grapevine and invasive species control and selective tree harvesting. Food plots help to encourage a diverse wildlife population. Maple syrup production is the family’s favorite springtime ritual, and the tree farm is a frequent tour stop of the Ohio Maple Producers Association.
A public field day is planned for Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Stonewall Farm to highlight their tree farm and conservation practices with tours and demonstrations. Forestry and wildlife experts will be on hand to facilitate discussions and answer questions. The regionally known Coonskin Sugar Bush will also be featured.